Genesis 3:14

“And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And the LORD God said vnto the Serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed aboue all cattel, and aboue euery beast of the field: vpon thy belly shalt thou goe, and dust shalt thou eate, all the dayes of thy life.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

The LORD God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, Cursed are you more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you will go, And dust you will eat All the days of your life;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And Jehovah God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, cursed art thou above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
- American Standard Version (1901)

And the Lord God said to the snake, Because you have done this you are cursed more than all cattle and every beast of the field; you will go flat on the earth, and dust will be your food all the days of your life:
- Basic English Bible

And Jehovah Elohim said to the serpent, Because thou hast done this, be thou cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field. On thy belly shalt thou go, and eat dust all the days of thy life.
- Darby Bible

And the LORD God said to the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field: upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
- Webster's Bible

Yahweh God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, you are cursed above all livestock, and above every animal of the field. On your belly you shall go, and you shall eat dust all the days of your life.
- World English Bible

And Jehovah God saith unto the serpent, `Because thou hast done this, cursed [art] thou above all the cattle, and above every beast of the field: on thy belly dost thou go, and dust thou dost eat, all days of thy life;
- Youngs Literal Bible

And the LORD God said unto the serpent: 'Because thou hast done this, cursed art thou from among all cattle, and from among all beasts of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Genesis 3:14


3:14 To testify a displeasure against sin, God fastens a curse upon the serpent, Thou art cursed above all cattle - Even the creeping things, when God made them, were blessed of him, #Ge 1:22|, but sin turned the blessing into a curse. Upon thy belly shalt thou go - No longer upon feet, or half erect, but thou shalt crawl along, thy belly cleaving to the earth. Dust thou shalt eat - Which signifies a base and despicable condition.


Discussion for Genesis 3

  • A disciple
    AMEN Jeff; It was a real species of fruit tree! What was in the fruits had power to give knowledge of good and evil; just like the tree of life's fruits have power to give eternal life to the one who eats it. God has always very good and wise reasons for the commandments He gives us, and expects us to keep them that it may be well with us. Deliberate defiance to God's guidance is to self destruct.
  • Steve morrow
    PROVERBS 6:16 THESE SIX THINGS DOTH THE LORD HATE YEA SEVEN ARE AN ABOMINATION UNTO HIM --6:17-- A PROUD LOOK A LYING TONGUE AND HANDS THAT SHED INNOCENT BLOOD --6:18-- AN HEART THAT DEVISETH WICKED IMMAGINATIONS FEET THAT BE SWIFT IN RUNNING TO MISCHIEF --45:19-- A FALSE WITNESS THAT SPEAKETH LIES AND HE THAT SOWETH DISCORD AMONG BRETHREN
  • Steve morrow
    ISAIAH 45:6 THAT THEY MAY KNOW FROM THE RISING OF THE SUN AND FROM THE WEST THAT THERE IS NONE BESIDE ME --- I AM THE LORD --- AND THERE IS NONE ELSE --45:7-- I FORM THE LIGHT AND CREATE DARKNESS I MAKE PEACE --- AND CREATE EVIL --- I THE LORD DO ALL THESE THINGS
  • Jeff Berry
    It is the tree of "KNOWLEDGE of good and evil". It was forbidden. To eat of it was to expierence disobeying God. Out of love He wanted us to choose obedience. Choose Him. God did not create evil. He allows it to give us a choice. For this reason, evil will exist until the end of time.
  • Celia W.
    so it looks to me like God created the subtil serpent (which a lot of Christian mistake for satan)
    God also is the one that CREATED the tree of good and evil so does that mean evil came from God and not any one else?
  • Sidonia david
    This a hard story to to explain but to n good create life food n away to live a good life,but because Satan's evilness drove them away from a wonderful life,the creation n things he s done for a greater life but Satan's has a way of making things real good that we drift away from the goodness of good n ruin our godly living to such evilness n loose out on what we were created to live in paradise

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